The Link Between Prayer, Fasting, and Mercy by St. Peter Chrysologus

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St. Peter of Imola (406-550) became Archbishop of Ravenna in Italy, in his day the seat of the Roman Empire, giving him a very important role in the Church. His sermons were so eloquent, and his skill in making complex theological truths simple and plain was so renowned, that it earned him the name ‘Chrysologus’ meaning ‘the man of golden speech’ or ‘golden word’. Many of his 200+ homilies are featured in the Office of Readings in the Liturgy of the Hours. Continue reading


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Tour St. Peter’s Basilica Right from Your Computer

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Technology is today is incredible. Thanks to National Geographic, you can Take Amazing 360° Tour of St. Peter’s in Vatican City From Your Chair.

Click the image above to take a virtual tool of the largest and most glorious Catholic Church on the planet. Place your mouse over the buttons on the image to move through the basilica just as if you were there in person. Continue reading


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7 Wonderful Cities Where Saints Lived

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As Catholics, we look up to the saints as our role models, that is why we respect them and love them. This is how I got inspired to share some of my photos and thoughts from places that I have been, where saints were born, lived or died.

Besides reading the lives of the saints in books, seeing and visiting the places where they lived is another way to learn and to be connected more to the saints, who are big part of the history of the Catholicism.

These cities are just an example of wonderful places that I found awe-inspiring: Continue reading


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The Story of the Miraculous Discovery of St. Anne’s Relics in France

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Below is an audio recording of a sermon recounting the story of the incredible discovery of the relics of St. Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the grandmother of Jesus.

A deaf, mute, and blind boy led the Emperor Charlemagne into the long-lost underground crypt in southern France where the relics of St. Anne were buried and hidden away.

Listen below for the miraculous manner in which her relics arrived in southern France, and the great saints who brought them there. A wonderful and little-known part of our Catholic Church history!

Listen below for the miraculous manner in which her relics arrived in southern France, and the great saints who brought them there. A wonderful and little-known part of our Catholic Church history! Continue reading


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St. Bridget of Sweden’s Famous Devotion to the 5480 Wounds of Christ

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St. Bridget was born in Sweden in the 14th century. Her parents were devout in their Christian faith, and because of this Bridget was brought up with an excellent religious education. It comes as no surprise, then, that St. Bridget would go on to have incredible mystical experiences during her life.

When she was just a child, St. Bridget received a vision of Christ scourged and hanging on the Cross. In sorrow, she asked him who had treated him like this.

Christ answered, “They who despise me, and spurn my love for them.” Continue reading


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Top 4 Marian Devotions in Latin America

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It is not a coincidence that Catholic Latinos are highly devoted to the Virgin Mary. It is a heritage from Spain and it is due to the series of mystical manifestations that occurred throughout the histories of these countries.

There is a long list of Marian devotions in Latin America; they are almost innumberable. Some titles of Our Lady represent a whole nation, with other titles for nearly every town, city, and region. Read 20 Marian Devotions by Country in Latin America.

Out of all the many Marian devotions in Latin America, below are the top four most popular: Continue reading


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St. Kateri Tekakwitha, a Model for Our Times

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha, affectionately called the ‘Lily of the Mohawks’, was born in New York in 1656 to a Mohawk chief father and an Algonquin mother who was converted to the faith by Jesuit missionaries.

Kateri’s mother was a practicing Catholic, though in secret due to the hostility between the Indian tribes and the missionaries. She was even forbidden from having Kateri baptized as a child.

Her feast day is July 14 and she is the patron saint of the environment, ecology, and orphans. Not only is this canonization wonderful since the Church’s mission is to evangelize all tribes and tongues, but St. Kateri’s short life is a great example of heroic virtue for our modern times. Continue reading


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7 Lessons I Learned from Pope Francis’ Trip to South America

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The millions of people who gathered to see Pope Francis in Latin America showed without a doubt that most Latinos are still Catholic. The Holy Father was received with all the honors and privileges, and treated as a spiritual celebrity. Being from Latin America, the Pope’s visit made me follow the news and stay attentive to his words, more than any other news.

Now that he is back in Rome, I would like to share what I learned from the Pope through his message and actions during his visit to South America: Continue reading


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20 Marian Devotions by Country in Latin America

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The Virgin Mary’s Feast day in Latin America is a big deal. Catholic Latinos celebrate a lo grande with processions, hymns, fireworks, and cultural events in her honor. It is part of the culture, a tradition; it the Spanish heritage, and a way of living where you may hear people exclaiming ¡Virgen Santísima! in everyday conversation.

It is not a coincidence that the majority of Latinos are Catholics and highly devoted to the Virgin. It is a heritage brought from Catholic Spain combined with a series of Marian apparitions and mystical manifestations that occurred during the history of these countries. Continue reading


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Morning Offering to Feature 33-Day Consecration to Jesus through Mary for Feast of Assumption

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Christians are being persecuted for their faith, to a heightened degree, all over the world. What can we do about it?

First and foremost, we must stay close to Christ through frequenting the Sacraments, through personal prayer, and through devotion to his Blessed Mother. She will teach us how to be united with Christ more perfectly, and how we should personally respond to the crises that surround the Church and her faithful.

Whenever we face times of great trial, the Blessed Virgin Mary is always the one to whom the Church collectively turns in times of great trial.

“When you see the storm coming, if you seek safety in that firm refuge which is Mary, there will be no danger of your wavering or going down.”

–St. Josemaria Escriva Continue reading


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